Within three years the consortium partners want to establish the complete supply chain to embed thin film based RFID technology in printed objects (packaging, cards, stickers, …) and printable substrates (paper, cardboard, plastic, …). It is our goal to make even more objects part of the Internet of Things and the ‘internet of games’. We want to make it possible to identify and interact with printed objects through standard NFC and RFID reading devices (e.g. smartphones). Additional features like sensors, displays, sound, … can be added to the smart objects in a later stage.

To make this happen we will develop extremely thin, flexible and durable electronics and we need to establish the supply chain that allows for standardized manufacturing at the lowest cost and highest volumes.

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creating breakthrough technology

Not only will we be working on the NFC chip of the future, but we will also reinvent the industry’s standards in assembly process and the conversion into game cards and packaging.

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experience in development RFID technology

In 2012 Imec, Holst Centre and their partners in the EU FP7 project ORICLA already fabricated the world’s first RFID (radio frequency identification) circuit made in low-temperature thin-film technology that allows reader-talks-first communication. The technology behind this prototype is indispensable to create RFID tags that are cheap enough and have enough performance to be used as intelligent item-level tags on the packaging of retail consumer goods. 

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HORIZON 2020

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.